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Kazuo Aichi, a senior Lower House member of Shinshinto, will leave the largest opposition party next week, sources said July 4.

Aichi, 59, a former chairman of Shinshinto’s policy affairs council, will formally announce his exit at a news conference late July 7 and take the necessary party procedures the same day, the sources said. Aichi, who has long been critical of Shinshinto chief Ichiro Ozawa’s way of managing the party, accused him on July 4 of “failing to perform his important role as party head” in a brief conversation with reporters.

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